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Old June 4th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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I've been looking at these DNR maps and wonder if they cover most of the off-roading sites in the state. I know they don't have the Mounds, or OTSC, but do they cover the public trails very well?

I think the GPS trails are a great idea, but is it redundant to these maps?
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The DNR ORV trail and route maps are just that. They only show the 3000+ miles of ORV trails and routes that are in the DNR ORV program inventory.

These maps are generally only good for the bikes and quads as their respective trails show as solid lines on these maps were as the routes (open to all ORV's) show as dashed lines. Most of these "routes" end up not being visible on the map as they are under a solid trail line. This makes the maps virtually useless to the fullsize user.

To help explain further, "ORV trail" is either a 50" or a 24" ATV or bike pathway. "ORV route" is a minimum 72" pathway designed for use by all licesnsed ORV's and SOS licenesed vehicles. The signed routes are nothing more than flat forest roads and provide nothing more than a scenic drive through the Michigan forest and were signed as such mostly for use by the two wheeled and small fourwheeled crowd. Which is fine if that is what your looking for.

For general two tracks a Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer shows a lot of different forest roads and outlines the state land rather well. For more information try checking out www.glfwda.org
Also keep in mind that it is closed unless posted open (lower peninsula) and if you cant get down it with a two wheel drive conventional motor vehicle you cannot be on it.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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They only cover state land, and for us the only stuff for us is the Routes.
There are many seasonal roads in each county and I hear the Gazeteer available at Wally World, other places covers these. The maps may not be up to date however.

The better stuff is in the National Forest land, which for your half of the state is the Huron and a new set of maps have recently been released(usfs site)
It's a good thing to get these and be good at gps I'm thinking because now if your not on a trail listed you can get ticketed, although they may be giving us a grace period.
The finalized map isn't out yet for the west side Manistee forest one, but apparently is coming fast without public input.

These seasonal roads etc are covered pretty well on the multiple county regional maps you can find in gas stations, but for me the level of detail can make for a pretty "busy" view, they come in handy nonetheless.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll check out the sources you've mentioned.
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That map on the DNR site doesn't have anything in Barry County. There are tons of two tracks in yankee springs that is all state land.
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Edit: Just notice this was an old post that has been bumped. I will leave my response still because it is relevant
Vvmapping has maps both online for free and a book you can order, plus he is Michigan based.
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Edit: Just notice this was an old post that has been bumped. I will leave my response still because it is relevant
Vvmapping has maps both online for free and a book you can order, plus he is Michigan based.
I bought his book and GPS maps for the ORV trails (motorcycle) - awesome detail, clarity and value.
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